ITC Bookman® font family


Designed by Edward Benguiat in 1975
ITC Bookman was an instant success when it was first released in 1976. The design was an interpretation of the original Bookman typeface that dates back to the late 1800s. This earliest Bookman was also one of the first typefaces to have swash letters, not only in the italics, but also in the roman designs. The design -- and its swash characters -- was very popular in the early part of the 20th century. Bookman fell out of use in the middle part of the last century, only to be re-discovered" by graphic designers in the 1970s. The problem was this: there was no complete and well-organized family of Bookman. Ed Benguiat came to the rescue when he drew the ITC Bookman family.

Benguiat developed a full family of four weights plus complementary cursive designs. This was the first time that true italics were available for the Bookman design. All previous versions merely had obliqued roman characters. Benguiat also drew a suite of swash and alternate characters for each of the members of the family. Most phototype foundries of the time incorporated these characters into their fonts, and graphic designers began using them in everything from airline ads to record covers.

When digital replaced photo as a typesetting technology, these special characters were left out of the fonts. While most phototype display fonts could have virtually unlimited character sets, the first digital fonts could not. The ITC Bookman special characters went the way of Disco.

Today's OpenType technology has allowed us to release a complete version, named ITC Bookman by ITC, offering the full breadth of Benguiat's design - which means all the original swash and alternate characters. In addition, ITC Bookman by ITC is a brand-new, re-spaced, re-kerned, and refurbished typeface family. We went back to the original art and created the best-possible digital versions of these designs. ITC Bookman by ITC's dateless charm and communicative power is back in full-force."

ITC Bookman Light

ITC Bookman
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Std / OT CFF

supports at least

21 languages.















Technical details
Digital data from:
OpenType outline flavour:
CFF - PostScript-Outlines
Technical font names:
File name: BookmanStd-Light.otf
Windows menu name: ITC Bookman Std
PostScript name: BookmanStd-Light
PostScript full name: ITC Bookman Std Light
Catalog number:
16782765
Characters:
261
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Features

Fractions

Tag: frac

Function: Replaces figures separated by a slash with 'common' (diagonal) fractions. The user enters 3/4 in a recipe and gets the threequarters fraction.

Standard Ligatures

Tag: liga

Function: Replaces a sequence of glyphs with a single glyph which is preferred for typographic purposes. This feature covers the ligatures which the designer/manufacturer judges should be used in normal conditions. The glyph for ffl replaces the sequence of glyphs f f l.

Ordinals

Tag: ordn

Function: Replaces default alphabetic glyphs with the corresponding ordinal forms for use after figures. One exception to the follows-a-figure rule is the numero character (U+2116), which is actually a ligature substitution, but is best accessed through this feature. The user applies this feature to turn 2.o into 2.o (abbreviation for secundo).

Superscript

Tag: sups

Function: Replaces lining or oldstyle figures with superior figures (primarily for footnote indication), and replaces lowercase letters with superior letters (primarily for abbreviated French titles). The application can use this feature to automatically access the superior figures (more legible than scaled figures) for footnotes, or the user can apply it to Mssr to get the classic form.